WPR reports on large grant for Great Lakes research

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute announced last week, a $2.8 million 2018-20 omnibus grant to fund Great Lakes research, including three projects involving the UW-Green Bay at a funding level of $592,000. Wisconsin Public Radio has the story. Here are the project details as stated in last week’s press release:

  • Walleyes, lake whitefish and yellow perch are prized game fish and all can be found in Green Bay. What is the interaction of these species, though, as they search for food and act as predator and prey in the bay? Assistant Prof. Patrick Forsythe (Natural and Applied Sciences), is part of a large research team that will look into these poorly understood and overlapping behaviors to better inform how the fishery is managed.
  • UW-Green Bay scientist Christopher Houghton and Forsythe, once again, along with two additional scientists from other institutions, will examine what sort of macro-invertebrates — such as larval insects, worms and a species called diporeia — live in the deepest parts of Green Bay. This will provide a better understanding of the bay and how it can best be managed.
  • UW-Green Bay researchers Prof. Kevin Fermanich, scientist Paul Baumgart and Associate Dean Michael Zorn will join forces with researchers from two other institutions to refine a set of bay management tools, as well as engage all regional groups involved in land and water use. The underlying goal is to address the hypereutrophic conditions that are a persistent problem for Green Bay.